Mini Labradoodle

The Mini Labradoodle (also known as Petite Labradoodle) is a sweet-natured and fun-loving family dog who loves to play and receive loads of attention from his human pack. His eager-to-please personality and high level of intelligence make him a snap to train and for that reason you will often see him used as a service dog.

Breed Facts

Designer dogs have been a hot commodity for the past 30 years and the Mini Labradoodle answers the call for a smaller version of the Labradoodle (Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle) that was originally developed in Australia back in the 1970s. To achieve the smaller size, breeders crossed a Labrador Retriever with a Cocker Spaniel (which produces a Spanador) and then bred that dog to a Toy or Miniature poodle to introduce the sought-after hypo-allergenic characteristics of a poodle.

The Mini Labradoodle is a loyal, obedient dog with a playful, energetic side and an air of confidence. Because he is a cross-breed, the Mini Labradoodle is unable to join the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) roster of purebred dogs however he does come from good stock that is recognized among the best. They include the Labrador retriever who joined the AKC’s “sporting” group back in 1917, the Cocker spaniel which became an AKC member in 1878 and also joined the clubs sporting group as well as the Toy or Miniature poodle which are both members of AKC’s toy group.

Don’t let the small name fool you; the Mini Labradoodle is still a medium sized dog and will require between 1.5 and 2 cups of a quality dry food each day. Be sure his food is specifically geared to his age and activity level and because the Labrador retriever side of your dog is a known overeater, don’t plan to free-feed him. Space his meals over two or more feedings and be sure to avoid fillers such as carbs and grains that will make him want to eat more in order to feel full. Because of the Poodle DNA in your dog, your dog may be prone to two digestive diseases: pancreatitis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis when they hit middle age. High fat meals and treats are a big no-no.

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